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Jim Thorpe

As we near the 100th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s triumph in the 1912 Olympics, his story is worth telling again and again.

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe stands out as an athlete who used his gift and his fame to serve larger causes.

Rube Walker

“Third-string catchers are rarely anybody's hero, but Rube Walker remains one of mine.”

Muhammad Ali

It wasn't until Magic Johnson came along that there was anyone who so completely altered our understanding of a sport and its possibilities more than Muhammad Ali.

Willie Stargel

Willie and Roberto weren't just the best; they were greatness.

Highlights from The Nation's sports reporting over the past one hundred years.

A bet on a horse in the 1949 Grand National resulted in the largest collective transfer of wealth ever to communism's stalwarts in Britain.

After an eighteen-week labor standoff, the National Football League players' union has unanimously voted to approve an agreement that promotes player health and safety.

Musician Carlos Santana spoke out at Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game in Atlanta against a new law that shreds the civil rights of Georgia's latino population. The crowd booed him.

According to Dave Zirin, the ongoing National Football League lockout hearings are all about the owners trying to take advantage of players and fans.

Blogs

UNC’s recently uncovered unprecedented cheating scandal took place in the department of African and Afro American studies, a fact which has raised an age-old, prejudicial argument on the legitimacy of the field of study.

October 29, 2014

More evidence that NCAA revenue-producing sports are basically organized theft of black wealth.

October 29, 2014

The announcement that future Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash&squo;s career is coming to a close should be an opportunity to appreciate what he brought not only on the court, but off.

October 26, 2014

Michael Sam’s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history took a massive hit on Tuesday, with news that he was being cut from the Dallas Cowboys.

October 22, 2014

A world-class athlete is standing up to the barbaric surgical practices women are subjected to in international sports. She deserves our support.

October 20, 2014

“Since logic and human decency have not led to a name change, perhaps it’s best we attempt to destroy their brand through public mockery.”

October 17, 2014

Israeli basketball fans say it’s just a game. Palestinian fans say it’s their game too and are disappointed the NBA has taken away a safe space, an escape from conflict.

October 16, 2014

Ferguson October protesters want football fans to know that "Black lives matter, on and off the field."

October 14, 2014

High school football, hazing, sexual assault and a truth more horrifying than fiction.

October 13, 2014

If there is any justice, these revelations by longtime general manager Jerry Angelo will lead to an investigation and the firing of Roger Goodell.

October 10, 2014